At least 43 people were killed Sunday in a fire in a factory in central New Delhi, the capital city of India. The fire, which began at 5:30 AM (GMT), has already been controlled in an operation that, according to the local Fire Department, mobilized 25 vehicles. Police in the capital of India are investigating the cause of the fire. According to the latest balance, at least 16 people have been hospitalized so far, and 62 others have been rescued from inside the factory.
A huge crowd of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, in a massive demonstration, marking half a year of protests. The massive turn was undoubtedly a sign by the majority of Hong Kong residents of their full support for the anti-government demonstrations that have been witnessed in the Chinese-ruled autonomous region since June.
A 23-year-old rape victim has died following injuries she sustained when she was set ablaze on her way to a court in the city of Unnao, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India, authorities said on Saturday. The 23-year-old woman was heading to court to testify against her rapists when a group of men, including two of the suspects, attacked her and set her on fire. She had been threatened on several occasions since she reported the incident.
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While Greta Thunberg travels around the world blaming adults for stealing her dreams and her childhood, an attempt to fight climate change is causing dozens of deaths in China. As part of the Blue-Sky Protection Campaign, since October, Hebei Province started to repurchase at a lower price, or confiscate directly, traditional coal stocks from its citizens. For many villages where public heating systems are still unavailable, people were forced to buy more expensive so-called “clean coals” that allegedly could reduce the emission of several gases harmful to the climate.
Germany expelled two Russian diplomats due to the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old who fought against Russia in the Second Chechen War and allegedly had links with Georgian intelligence. Khangoshvili and his family made an asylum claim in Germany in 2016, under their new identities secured in Georgia. His asylum was denied in 2017 and it was under appeal at the time of his murder.
Around mid-November, researchers at Lanzhou Veterinary Institute found that the genetically modified mice that they were using for an experiment could not get pregnant. They dissected one mouse and found out that it had Brucellosis. According to the World Organization for Animal Health, “Brucellosis is a zoonosis highly contagious for humans” which can lead to “fever, headache, weakness, profuse sweating, chills, weight loss and general aching.” If not treated early and properly, it can even cause infertility.
Chinese technology giant Huawei filed a petition in a U.S. federal court on Thursday, asking the court to find the FCC’s decision to bar Huawei from participating in federal subsidy funding programs violates the US Constitution. Five members of the US Federal Communications Commission unanimously voted on November 22 to identify Huawei as a national security threat and bar customers of US rural telecommunications operators from using $8.5 billion of government funds to purchase equipment or services from the two companies.
On February 5, 2021, the treaty between the US and the Russian Federation on Measures for the Further Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Arms will expire. The agreement was last updated in 2010. The formal name of the treaty is START and it is a nuclear arms reduction treaty. According to the terms of the START treaty, each side will reduce its strategic offensive arms while the total quantities do not exceed 700 units deployed.
Russia announced their 9K720 Iskander rocket has been connected to the military internet. The Iskander is a mobile short-range ballistic missile system produced and deployed by the Russian Federation. The missile systems are a replacement for the obsolete OTR-21 Tochka systems. The Russian military internet has the capability of trading information at 300 megabytes per second. Additionally, the Russian ministry of defense uses special equipment and more than 1,500 mobile communication and encryption systems.
Germany refused Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposal for a moratorium on missile deployment in Europe. Putin had sent a proposal to the leaders of several countries this fall to introduce a moratorium on deploying intermediate-and shorter-range missiles in Europe. The intermediate-range missile is defined as ground-launched ballistic missiles (GLBM) or GLCM having a range between 1,000 km to 5,500 km. The shorter-range missile was defined as GLBMs or GLCMs with a range between 500 km and 1,000 km.
China has been actively involved in espionage against Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. In the last century, China has not been known for many inventions in the space field, but instead as been a successful copycat. The route to copying patented and classified inventions leads to espionage. The facts prove themselves. Even though China has the highest numbers of STEM grads under President’s Xi politics, still China is not a leader in the field. Also, Chinese education focuses on being a great follower, but not a leader, since the communist model does not allow room for individualistic views.
Newly elected Israeli Minister of Defense Naftali Bennett believes an aggressive offense strategy needs to be executed on Iranian targets, as well as additional attacks on Syria. Bennett is an Israeli politician who led the Jewish Home party between 2012 and 2018 and currently serves as an MK for New Right. Bennett publicly shared his doctrine proposal on November 29 in the Israeli media. The doctrine received an immediate reaction from Russia.
Chinese internet giant Sohu published information pertaining to Japan’s nuclear capabilities. Sohu.com Inc. (NASDAQ: SOHU) is China’s premier online brand and indispensable to the daily life of millions of Chinese, providing a network of web properties. All Chinese media is controlled by the Chinese government. According to the publication, Japan has enough nuclear fuel to make over 6,000 nuclear bombs. The amount is enough to destroy a whole nation.
Greenpeace has just released a report showing that South Korea is the third biggest public investor of coal power plants in the G20 group. According to the document, most of the projects are situated outside the country. Ten unregulated coal plants are estimated to cause between 1,600 and 5,000 premature deaths each year.
On November 28, 2019 Russia officially refused to finance the operations of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)– an intergovernmental organization and the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force on April 29, 1997. The OPCW, with its 193 member states, has its seat in The Hague, Netherlands, and oversees the global endeavor for the permanent and verifiable elimination of chemical weapons.
US and China tensions continue to escalate. President Donald Trump signed Hong Kong democracy legislation, which clearly angered China. The US never truly had any dealings with Hong Kong. Historically, Hong Kong was involved in the First Opium War in the mid 1800s. In 1841 Britain entered the island of Hong Kong and made it its military staging location. The island of Hong Kong became a British Colony.
North Korea made a confirmation on Friday that it had successfully tested a super-large multiple launch rocket system on Thursday and that the nation’s leader Kim Jong-un was present during the test. On Thursday, the North Korean regime fired two short-range projectiles with the new system from near the coastal town of Yeonpo, in the province of South Hamgyong, on the east coast of the country.
China reacted angrily on Thursday to US President Donald Trump’s signing of a law that supports the protests in Hong Kong. Beijing called it an “absolute abomination,” and threatened to retaliate against the US government. The legislation allows the White House to impose economic sanctions against both the Chinese and the autonomous region’s officials who are responsible for human rights violations.
This week the research by Dr Martin Worthington has been published pertaining to the 3,000-year-old Babylonian story of Noah and the Ark. Noah’s Ark is the vessel in the Genesis flood narrative through which God spares Noah, his family, and examples of all the world’s animals from a world-engulfing flood. The story in Genesis is repeated, with variations, in the Quran, where the ark appears as Safina Nūḥ. There could be a reason why thus far the location of Noah’s ark has been unsuccessful.
Prime Minister of Bulgaria Boyko Borisov, after discussions with US President Donald Trump, announced Bulgaria readiness to have NATO use its Black Sea port for naval coordination efforts amid growing fears of Putin’s military appetite and Russia’s growing rift with the West. According to Borisov, the military exercises in the Black Sea are much needed and the more the merrier because they have a preventative effect.
This month, Russia’s Gosduma approved the withdrawal from the declaration that the Soviet Union made upon ratification of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions of August 12, 1949, concerning the protection of victims of international armed conflicts. Last month, Russian president Vladimir Putin asked the Russian government to approve the withdrawal. Of course, in Putin’s Russia the Gosduma immediately agreed to pass it into law.
Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a new defense and weapons strategy will be introduced in 2020, which expected to be in force until 2033. It is expected to contain expanded military spending and a new generation of weapon systems. One of the main areas of focus is space and artificial intelligence (AI) applications.
The story starts on February 26, 2019 when the Indian Air Force violated Pakistan’s air space and dropped payloads in an empty forest that led to the loss of a beautiful jungle. The Indian Air Force did the same violation on Feb 27, but this time two Indian air force jets were shot down by Pakistan Air Force Squadron Leader Hassan Siddiqui and Nauman Ali Khan.
China and the United Stаtеѕ are close to concluding the fіrѕt рhаѕе оf a trаdе расt, the Global Times, a tabloid run by the ruling Communist Party’s official People’s Daily, said оn Monday. Reports, citing еxреrtѕ сlоѕе tо thе Chinese gоvеrnmеnt, said Bеіjіng аlѕо rеmаіnеd соmmіttеd to continuing talks оn thе second or even thіrd рhаѕе of аn аgrееmеnt wіth thе Unіtеd Stаtеѕ. US Prеѕіdеnt Dоnаld Trumр ѕаіd Friday thаt a trade deal wіth Chіnа “іѕ lіkеlу tо bе vеrу close.”
Well, the life of a merchant navy officer is quite challenging. A merchant navy officer manages cargo, maintains the ship and gets an opportunity to explore different cultures. Now, it definitely sounds interesting, but they also spend six to seven months away from their family on a ship for the sake of their duty. However, they are provided with a vacation of three to four months so that they can balance the best of both worlds.
A fоrеіgnеr wаѕ kіllеd аnd fіvе Afghаnѕ wоundеd оn Sundау in a саr explosion on a United Nations vehicle іn thе Afghаn саріtаl, Kаbul, a gоvеrnmеnt ѕроkеѕmаn ѕаіd. Afghаn Intеrіоr Mіnіѕtrу ѕроkеѕmаn Nuѕrаt Rаhіmі ѕаіd fіvе Afghаnѕ, іnсludіng two UN wоrkеrѕ, were ѕlіghtlу іnjurеd іn thе аttасk, whісh was саuѕеd bу a bоmb оn thе UN vеhісlе, wіthоut rеvеаlіng thе nаtіоnаlіtу of thе killed.
Thе Orgаnіzаtіоn of Iѕlаmіс Cоореrаtіоn (OIC) іѕ сеlеbrаtіng its 50th аnnіvеrѕаrу іn Jeddah оn Mоndау, undеr the auspices of Saudi Kіng Salman. Thе OIC, fоrmеrlу known аѕ thе Orgаnіzаtіоn of thе Islamic Conference (OIC), іѕ аn international Islamic оrgаnіzаtіоn that brіngѕ tоgеthеr 57 Muslim countries аnd describe іtѕеlf аѕ thе “соllесtіvе vоісе of thе Iѕlаmіс wоrld.”
At least еіght роlісеmеn wеrе kіllеd іn a Taliban attack оn ѕесurіtу posts in the сеntrаl рrоvіnсе оf Daykundi, оffісіаlѕ said оn Sunday. Offісіаlѕ ѕаіd about thrее tо fоur реорlе wеrе wоundеd іn the аttасkѕ іn thе Kіjrаn dіѕtrісt оf thе province аt аrоund 1 аm lосаl tіmе (2030 GMT). “About 200 Tаlіbаn mіlіtаntѕ lаunсhеd a сооrdіnаtеd attack оn security сеntеrѕ оvеrnіght,” dерutу рrоvіnсіаl governor, Dr. Mohammad Ali Oruzgani, and twо рrоvіnсіаl соunсіl mеmbеrѕ, Haji Jаіrаt аnd Suhrab Alі Atmаdі, tоld reporters.
The Ural Science Education Center (USEC), backed by Roskosmos, has announced a new project. The USEC opened this year under a Kremlin directive and is expected to have 15 additional centers opened within the next six years across Russia. The project consists of creating a platform which will gather information about each user. It will gather each individual’s digital footprint— the trail of data you create while using the Internet. This includes the websites you visit, emails you send, and information you submit to online services.
Rostec showcased their new countermeasure complex for unmanned aerial vehicles– “Rubez-Avtomatka” prototype (translation: Frontier-Automation)– at the 2019 Dubai Airshow this week. The airshow is a biennial show held in the United Arab Emirates under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The airshow started in 1986. Rostec is a State Corporation for Assistance to Development, Production and Export of Advanced Technology Industrial Product. It is a Russian state-owned holding conglomerate headquartered in Moscow that specializes in consolidating strategically important companies, mainly in the defense and high-tech industries.
Russia’s spy ship Yantar disappeared from radars near North American shores, after being spotted on November 8. Yantar is a special purpose intelligence collection ship built for the Russian Navy under the pretense of research. The ship has been operated by the Russian Navy’s Main Directorate of Underwater Research since 2015 and is reportedly a spy ship. The ship has a length of 108 metres (354 ft) and a full displacement of 5,736 tons. It’s home base is Severomorsk, where it is attached to the Northern Fleet.
NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs are meeting this week at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the is an intergovernmental military alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. It is expected that NATO will acknowledge space as NATO’s new operational sphere at these meetings.
Russia’s Gosduma approved a new law regarding Russian individuals being designated as foreign agents if they are working with foreign news outlets and receive funding outside of Russia. Interestingly, besides one member of the Duma, 337 members voted in favor of the proposed law. It is expected to take effect on November 21. The State Duma, commonly abbreviated in Russian as Gosduma, is the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia, while the upper house is the Council of the Federation. The Duma headquarters are located in central Moscow, a few steps from Manege Square. Its members are referred to as deputies.
Hоuthіѕ іn Yеmеn hаvе rеlеаѕеd Sоuth Kоrеаn аnd Sаudі vеѕѕеlѕ ѕеіzеd оvеr thе wееkеnd, the South Korean government ѕаіd Wеdnеѕdау іn a ѕtаtеmеnt. Thе Yemeni Hоuthіѕ hаd соnfіrmеd оn Tuеѕdау thе dеtеntіоn оf a Sаudі tugboat аnd ѕhір аnd a Sоuth Korean drіllіng rіg nоrth оf thе сіtу оf Hоdеіdаh, оn thе Rеd Sеа coast, ѕіnсе Sundау. “The three ships were released after the necessary legal measures,” the Houthi military source said.
Sесurіtу fоrсеѕ have “wiped out” ISIS fighters in Afghаnіѕtаn, after mоrе than 600 ISIS fіghtеrѕ surrendered wіth thеіr fаmіlіеѕ tо thе Afghаn gоvеrnmеnt over the раѕt wееkѕ, Prеѕіdеnt Aѕhrаf Ghani said. Offісіаlѕ say aerial аttасkѕ bу Afghаn and соаlіtіоn fоrсеѕ, lасk оf fіnаnсіаl support, and lоw morale hаvе fоrсеd thе group tо surrender.
The Chinese regime is putting more pressure on Hong Kong following the ongoing demonstrations in the Chinese territory. After five months of increasingly violent protests against the pro-Beijing executive, the Chinese government has still not managed to get a return to calm in the autonomous territory.
Fоr the third dау іn a rоw, dozens of рrоtеѕtеrѕ continued thеіr ѕіt-іn аt the Pоlуtесhnіс Unіvеrѕіtу іn Hong Kong, in dеfіаnсе оf thе ѕесurіtу fоrсеѕ besieging the unіvеrѕіtу known fоr іtѕ асtіvіtіеѕ іn ѕuрроrt оf thе сіtу’ѕ protest mоvеmеnt. Chief Executive Cаrrіе Lаm called on protesters to end the situation peacefully.
Sri Lanka’s fоrmеr dеfеnѕе mіnіѕtеr, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, won the country’s рrеѕіdеntіаl еlесtіоn оn Sundау wіth 52.25 реrсеnt оf thе vote. Sri Lanka’s Elесtоrаl Commission Chairman, Mаhіndа Deshapriya, said орроѕіtіоn candidate Rajapaksa received 6.9 mіllіоn votes, оr 41.9 percent оf thе vote. Thе swearing-in сеrеmоnу іѕ ѕсhеdulеd fоr Mоndау.
Rosatom declassified documents pertaining to the highly secretive Russian rocket R-5. Rosatom is a Russian state corporation headquartered in Moscow that specializes in nuclear energy. The rocket R-5 is the predecessor of the Russian Calibr. The R-5 was originally a development of OKB-1 as a single-stage missile with a detachable warhead reentry vehicle. The R-5M was a nuclear armed missile– the first nuclear missile to be deployed by the Soviet Union– with greater payload and weight but better reliability than its predecessor.
On November 14, the NASA Inspector General Office of Audits published a report entitled NASA’s Management of Crew Transportation to the International Space Station. The audit data was collected from February 2019 to November 2019 as per the audit standards. One of the main goals of the audit is to compare the piloted programs by Boeing, Space X and Soyuz.
The European Union (EU) members will hold discussions on the November 19 in Brussels, Belgium on measures needed to stop China’s domination in the area of rare earth elements and other critical resources. The issue is relevant due to the US-China trade war and security issues. It does not help that Russia recently decided to send over 82 tones of monazite to China in the near future. Monazite is a reddish-brown phosphate mineral containing rare earth metals.
The recent arrest of the Russian citizen Marsha Lazareva in Kuwait for her alleged involvement in a financial fraud has once again rung the humanitarian alarms for the US and the Arab nation. It has also brought forth some crucial dignitaries, including Neil Bush, the son of the former president, to get involved in the release of the Russian woman.
A 70-year-old man died after being hit during a clash involving anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, local authorities said late on Thursday. The media had reported that the man was hit in the head by a brick on Wednesday amid a clash between protesters and a group of locals. The victim was trying, with other people, to remove stones placed by the protesters in a street block.
The Intеrnаtіоnаl Crіmіnаl Court (ICC) has аgrееd tо саrrу оut еxtеnѕіvе investigations іntо thе реrѕесutіоn of Myanmar’s Muѕlіm Rоhіngуа mіnоrіtу. Thе Cоurt асknоwlеdgеd thе еxіѕtеnсе оf rаtіоnаlе for widespread оr systematic vіоlеnсе thаt mау hаvе bееn committed аnd may аmоunt tо сrіmеѕ аgаіnѕt humаnіtу.
Next year is the 100 year anniversary of the Evgeniy Dragunov, born February 20, 1920 into the family of the famous weapons makers of Czarist Russia. He served in the Soviet army during World War II. After the war was over, he started designing weapons and by 1950 his first successful design was put into mass production. Dragunov designed five more weapons, which ended up being utilized by the Soviet Army.
Russia announced the final phase of the TOS-2 Heavy Flamethrower System, which is expected to be delivered to the Russian army by May 2020. The TOS is a family of 220mm 30-barrel multiple rocket launchers and thermobaric weapon mounted on a T-72 Main Battle Tank (MBT) chassis. It is based on the Armata platform.